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WASHINGTON, DC – According to new data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), eastern Connecticut seniors saved $3.388 million on prescription drugs from January through October as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Medicare improvements in the Affordable Care Act mean that beneficiaries now automatically receive a 50-percent discount on covered brand-name drugs in the Part D coverage gap, or “donut hole.” The amount of this discount will continue to grow until the Part D donut hole is completely phased out in 2020.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Joe Courtney today applauded the Social Security Administration’s 3.6-percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security beneficiaries in 2012. The COLA will begin with benefits that nearly 55 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2012. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 30, 2011.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Joe Courtney today released the following statement after voting "yes" on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's compromise plan to end the default crisis:
HARTFORD – Members of the Connecticut Congressional delegation and Governor Dannel Malloy applauded today’s decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reevaluate their analysis of payments to Connecticut hospitals in the FY 2012 Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule.
WASHINGTON, DC –Congressman Joe Courtney today invited eastern Connecticut seniors to a public forum to discuss the House Republican plan to privatize Medicare. The forum will be held on Tuesday, June 28, in Willimantic. Courtney will answerer questions and take comments regarding the impact of the plan on Medicare as well as Medicare's preventative care measures.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Joe Courtney today re-stated his opposition to the House Republican plan to privatize Medicare as a Bloomberg analysis of Census data showed that the Second District of Connecticut is one of the 10 Congressional districts hardest hit by the plan’s changes. According to Bloomberg:
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Joe Courtney today sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), urging practical changes to new face-to-face reporting requirements for home health care services. The bipartisan letter is cosigned by 105 Members of Congress.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT), U.S. Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME) and Congressman Tom Latham (R-IA) today introduced legislation to fix an arbitrary Medicare policy that excludes coverage of skilled nursing care. Under current Medicare policy, a beneficiary must have an “inpatient” hospital stay of at least three days for Medicare to cover skilled nursing care. Patients who receive hospital care on “observation status” do not qualify for this benefit, even if their hospital stay lasts longer than three days.